“There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of ‘idle thoughts.’ What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. Every thought you have contributes to truth or to illusions; either it extends the truth or it multiplies illusions.” A Course in Miracles, FIP ed.
We have to watch our minds, lest they run away from us–creating things that we don’t intend. This does not have to be a lot of work. We can easily and quickly say, “Cancel!”, when our minds drop into negativities. Then we can turn to something more positive. If we really get in a bind, we can stop what we are doing and start journaling. The act of writing is a stronger act that listening to the thoughts in our heads. And then the idle thoughts will leave us alone.
Keep the mind uplifted! To do so actually requires that we check in with our heart, as A Course of Love encourages us to do. Our heart is the seat of love, and love that is true and good knows no negativities. The heart, filled with love (which we can encourage), then tells the mind that it is time for a change, a good change. It is time to let the positivities of love take over. Then we attract much better things. We have finally figured it out.